Wairarapa News : January 11th 2012
10 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2012 OPINION CANSPEAK - a bite of brain food from Cancer Society manager ANNA CARDNO Cancer Society Wairarapa Centre, 140 Dixon Street, Masterton, Ph 06 378 8039 The New Year comes with its inevitable givens. NYE shenanigans will generate a thousand stories to humiliate the youth that booned them. Forgotten fireworks will have had their moment of glory. Many people will have woken late to greet the January page, and time will have gone slowly on New Years Day. Within a week of the year's eve, half of the resolutions made will be already broken and people will be back at work, holidays over for another year. I hope we each made the most of them. 2012 is here. Resolutions are funny things. We feel compelled to think of the improvements we will make once a year. It's our Strategic Planning. Roll over the calendar from December to January and do target goal setting for the next twelve months. Professionally, we are bound to meet targets and achieve goals. Personally, we have carte blanche to forget them in as short a time as we see fit and bury our head in the sand for another 11 months before making the same resolution next year. Or maybe I speak for myself. Iusedtobeafitpersonwithanewpairof trainers every year. I even had ribs once. Every New Year I judiciously work out just how long it might take me to get there again. I add up the kilos and the months it might take and put in a multiplier for actual hours available for gym time. I subtract a portion of the target loss to recognise that I have borne children and am therefore not expected to be in perfect shape. I then subtract a bit more because curves, as we all know, reflect a more engaging personality. Then I divide by an expected loss per month and realise this is not just a one year objective. Because all the numbers took me a while to work out I might seek to discuss my "I am going to be skinny this year" goal with a good friend over a glass of wine and probably some nice cheese. 2012 might be my year. Then again, I might be too busy. How dedicated are you to your improved lifestyle objectives resolution? It's food for thought... Rewarding resolutions? Cancer Society Wairarapa is closed until 30 January. For cancer support, see your doctor or call 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237) 2142976ER Electorate Office 82 Queen Street, PO Box 904, Masterton 5 Open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday JOHN HAYES MP FOR WAIRARAPA 0800 2 HAYES (0800 242937) or (06) 370 1213 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.johnhayes.co.nz 5840 APA 4203261AA BUILDING & MAINTENANCE Gavin Sullivan 021 977 043 email@example.com FROM $20 PER HOUR PLUS GST Renovations Bathrooms Fencing Tiling Water blasting Wairarapa wide Roofing Kitchens Decking Decorating Odd jobs Finance available to approved customers see www.financeassist.co.nz 3550566AL Name is key to good government NELSON'S COLUMN NELSON RANGI Welcome to a brand new year. 2012 promises (or threatens) to be an exciting time for all of us. The media, economists and social commentators have all made their annual predictions so pick the one that suits you best and stick to it. We also have a brand new gov- ernment which looks ominously like the one before it but with enough character changes to give the news media a feeding frenzy and old maids' palpitations. You know that names tend to influence the nature and careers of their owners so perhaps that is the key to the success of the last government. But I wonder if things would have been different for John had the minister at his christening slipped up and called him Don instead. Anyhow, the prime minister knew he could bank on ACT in Epsom and it was always going to be a Dunne deal in Ohariu. But the ever-smiling Pita Sharples will never be as formi- dable as his Auntie Ena on Coronation Street. On the other benches Winsome Peters rose from the ashes of Once Was NZ 1st with his apprentice class of 2011. Let us hope they can keep it in the family longer than the loosely called tight five'' which exploded spectacularly in 1998. Hone needs to hone his diplo- matic skills without the help of his manager mama Titewhai and the Greens co-leader should perhaps adapt Madonna's old theme song I'm a Metiria girl''. Some ministries and departments need to be revamped to better reflect their responsibili- ties. These include: Corrections: Correcting five years of mistakes by previous governments and correcting potential ministerial misbehaviours, to be completed before the next budget. Conservation: To be renamed the Department of Conversation, or better still, the Department of Meaningful Dialogue with Any- thing That Crawls, Swims, Chirps or Grunts. Women's Affairs: Abolish this. Men have just as many affairs and manage them without govern- ment help. Foreign Affairs: Same as above. Don Brash had some difficulty with his a few years back. Per- haps they do things differently in Singapore. Maori Affairs: Cut out that racist stuff. Rename it the Minis- try for Indigenous Whanau. Sport and Recreation: This has been around for thousands of years. When the history teacher asked the class to name two ancient sports, little Wiremu replied, Antony and Cleopatra''. State Owned Enterprises: This is a misnomer. Whoever heard of the State being enterprising enough to make money out of any- thing it owned. Internal Affairs: The mind bogg- les. Couldn't they come up with a more appropriate name? Even the Department of Everything Else would have been more like it. Tourism: Isn't this the place where Members of Parliament pick up their taxpayer-funded travel vouchers and leave behind their inhibitions? Justice: The scales of justice look decidedly wobbly with Crusher Collins on one tray and Chester Borrows on the other. There are however, some similarities. One was a cop who embraced law, the other a lawyer who married a cop. Chester had his stomach stapled, all we now need is for Judith's tongue to get the same treatment. Education: Who heaved the big- ger sigh of relief after the elections, Anne Tolley or the schools/teachers/pupils? The new parliamentary education group meetings should be interesting being led by Hekia Parata or more formally Lady Gardiner, with Stephen Joyce, Banksy and the Kaumatua twins. Let's hope it all results in quality education the way people want it. Social Development: Paula Ben- nett must be doing something right. Her job is so much larger than the name implies. And it is a two-way thing. She needs an awful lot of community help to develop true social equity for fam- ilies, the young, the poor, the deprived, the disabled, the minorities, the elderly, the clubs and associations that keep our society ticking and the people who want to feel safe and happy in their daily lives. It is easy to make new year's resolutions and even easier to break them. If there is one thing you can resolve this year, it is to do your bit to make 2012 a pleas- ant year for those around you and in turn some of it will rub off onto you. Hooray for 2012. Nelson Rangi is chairman of Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. Social change drives promising new MP TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Jan Logie CONTINUED Page 11 Success as a politician can require the dedication of a social worker and the confidence of a film star. Jan Logie, one of the most promising of the Greens' intake of new MPs, is con- scious of the odd aspects of her new job. Can she still recall the first time she stepped out on a street corner, and said, Hi, I'm Jan Logie, and I'm looking for your vote''? One of the first times, Logie replies, was at the opening of the refurbished Plimmerton railway station. I agree, it's a very strange thing to do.'' Even so, she finds the opportunity to strike up conversations with complete strangers can be pretty exhilarating. I'm naturally more of an introvert than I am an extrovert, so there's a cer- tain amount of energy that it takes for metodoit. But I love it. I really, really love it. And I don't know whether I like the conversations more where you're totally on the same page and get into this great rant, or where you have a conversation where you explore some issues, and share perspectives. And where, hopefully, they move more towards sharing mine.'' At times, the door-knocking aspect of campaigning did strike her as being invasive. One of the things I really need to learn is how to finish conversations comfortably, and to move on. Sometimes I got shown around someone's garden and their partner had just died recently, and they'd planted an incredible garden and I was there for 45 minutes. It was a really a special experience for me. But, possibly not the most effective campaigning.'' Logie, 42, was born in Invercargill. She has worked with Women's Refuge, youth health services and New Zealand Union of Students' Associations student advocacy. She sees many continuities between this previous work within community organisations and the facilitating role that she intends to play as an MP. Always, she says, the point has been to bring about social change, whether that be in a leadership or in a support role. Ultimately, what brought her into the parliamentary orbit was a stint as Sue Bradford's executive assistant while the so-called anti-smacking'' legislation was being passed.
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